I am trying something different for this Saturday, something that I hope will turn out to be quite enjoyable.
I linked this post to an animated version of Lovecraft’s “Dagon” on YouTube. I watch YouTube a lot and they have scads of interesting videos. If this works out, I will do this more often. Let me know what you think. To get the full effect, hit the “full screen” toggle in the lower right which looks like a box with a hole in each side. To exit this, hit your escape button. The video last 18 minutes and 55 seconds.
I apologize for any commercials. I am not certain if they will turn up when you view the film or not. Unfortunately, commercials are the sine qua non of YouTube and many other media. But these will be either very short or you can skip them by pressing “skip ads” in the lower right after five seconds. I am sure you are used to this kind of annoying marketing. It’s a fact of 21st century life.
One playlist that I neglected to mention during my most recent post on my playlists is one entitled “Tales of Hell“. As you know, I am working on a supernatural horror novel called The Man Who Escaped from Hell. In my research for the novel I have read a few books on hell, read several articles, and so forth (mostly though I will rely on my own concepts and imagination).
However, as I watch a lot of YouTube and I fond of horror and supernatural tales, I am collecting any videos on people who say that they have actually been to hell into a playlist called “Tales of Hell.” No surprises there. This will allow me to gain a few different perspectives, but it will also allow me to see the similarities between the stories. I feel certain that most people’s concept of hell will be the same because of cultural biases; hearing the same tales, myths, and legends; and because of certain archetypes in human psychology. If you have read Joseph Campbell or have seen any of his interviews with Bill Moyers from a few decades back, you will know that Professor Campbell that commonalities in religions and mythologies worldwide are due to commonalities in the human psyche.
I don’t believe that anyone has actually been to hell and returned to tell the story. I think these stories are hallucinations experienced during the changes in brain functioning and body chemistry while being influenced by a person’s guilty conscience while that person dies. On those rare occasions that someone returns to life after being clinically dead for a few minutes, they report the experience of having gone to hell, but which is probably more closely related to the ultimate “bad trip”.
But my novel is a work of fiction, not a documentary. In it, I try to make a few points about life and death and the spirit and conscientiousness and several other things. The best way to do that is by showing the protagonist actually going through hell.
It will be interesting to see how this playlist develops. It will probably make a great horror anthology in its own right.
By the way, I have written around 80,000 words for The Man Who Escaped from Hell. I hope to finish it soon after I have finished Shadows and Stars. I put it on hiatus until I can finish Shadows and Stars because I have been getting more and more ideas for Shadows and Stars than I have for The Man Who Escaped from Hell.
Just a note to inform everyone that I am developing a YouTube channel. I have not posted any videos yet but will be posting a few test videos soon just to learn the ins and outs of the system and the capabilities of my rudimentary video and audio equipment.
In the meantime, I have put together a few playlists. If you want to view them, go to YouTube and search for “Phil Slattery” (of course) and playlist. When I did this just now, the first nine playlists that appeared were all mine. The others involving Zumba, etc. are from another Phil Slattery in Ireland or elsewhere. There are several Phil Slattery’s on the Internet, but very few involved in writing fiction.
All the playlists are for my own entertainment/ edification/ education at this point. However, two will be of interest to those following my writing. They are entitled “The Man Who Escaped from Hell” and “Shadows and Stars”. These are playlists I put together to help capture the mood of my novels in progress: Shadows and Stars and The Man Who Escaped from Hell, the work that is to follow Shadows and Stars. Think of them as soundtracks to novels similar to movie soundtracks. Were these two novels to be made into movies, these are the soundtracks I would suggest.
Hopefully soon I will be posting some videos concerning my writing and other interests of mine.
Yesterday, I created my own Youtube Channel to organize the videos I watch and to share them with my followers. It is only beginning, so I do not have much up yet, but I plan to put on a lot more as I pursue my interests. I have organized the videos I have watched into playlists, so that if you are looking for information on a specific topic, you can find it easily. Currently, they are: Art, Literature, Movies, Humor, Sociology, Philosophy, Political Theory, Theatre, Aliens, Odd and Ends, Liked Videos, Around the Home, and Odds and Ends. Hopefully, I will make a few of my own videos before long.